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Kenya Power confirms 5.9 Million customers connected to the grid

Nairobi, March 20, 2017…..Kenya Power has confirmed that 5.9 million customers have been connected to the grid to date through ongoing government-led national electrification programmes.

Of these customers, 3.5 million customers are on prepaid meters, as the Company shifts to advanced technology that makes it easy for customers to purchase electricity.

“The number of households currently connected to the national grid stands at 63 per cent of the national coverage. The target is to connect 70 per cent by the end of this year and universal access by the year 2020,” said Kenya Power’s Ag. Managing Director & CEO Dr Ken Tarus.

He was speaking at a press conference held at Stima Plaza today where the Company sought to shed light on an erroneous media report which claimed that about one million customers were non-existent, based on the fact that they had not purchased tokens since the meters were installed and activated.

Dr Tarus added that all prepaid meters come with preloaded units, which account for the long time taken by customers before they commence vending, especially in low income households which are low consumers of electricity.

“Most of the customers who are beneficiaries of the World Bank’s GPOBA (Global Partnership of Output Based Aid), and the Last Mile Connectivity programmes are largely from informal settlements whose monthly consumption is 2 units on average. As a result, most of them take long to exhaust the initial pre-loaded units,” said Dr Tarus.

The number of customers connected to the national grid has been growing steadily over the last five years.

By June 30, 2012, only 2 million customers had been connected to the national grid, accounting for just 16 per cent of the country’s population with access to electricity. This figure had increased to 4.9 million customers by the end of the last financial year.

 

For more information, contact:

Kenya Power Corporate Communications Dept.

Tel. 3201622/30 or/47

E-mail communications@kenyapower.co.ke

Energy Journalism Excellence Award launched in Nairobi

Nairobi, March 9, 2017…The Principal Secretary, State Department of Energy, Dr. Eng. Joseph K. Njoroge has today officially launched the third edition of the Energy Journalism Excellence Awards (EJEA).

This has opened the competition to Kenyan based journalists who are directly employed and those practicing as freelancers.

The EJEA award is organized by the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum and all the utilities within the energy sector. It is aimed at promoting factual, objective and comprehensive coverage of energy matters in the country and ensuring that Kenyans are adequately informed about the sector.

“The Ministry of Energy and Petroleum is pleased to reward Journalists who excel in reporting objectively and demonstrate better understanding of various aspects in the energy sector. Through their reports, we manage to reach out to the public with information that makes people understand and support the development activities undertaken by the sector institutions, Dr. Njoroge said.

This edition of EJEA award is preceded by two other competitions where winners were awarded certificates, trophies and study tours to international destinations, with best practices in geothermal and nuclear energy development, to boost their knowledge of the sector.

Kenya Power acting Managing Director & CEO, Dr. Ken Tarus said that the Company continues to support the award with the aim to further the conversation about energy within the sector, the government and the people. He underscored the critical role played by the media in this process.

In preparation for the launch and upcoming award ceremony, 7 regional workshops that engaged over 300 journalists and editors have been held to sensitise and encourage journalists to participate in the competition.

The workshops provided a general understanding on Kenya’s energy sector and the role of the key utilities in electricity and petroleum in addition to the policy and regulatory framework within the industry.

Journalists have until 7th April 2017 to submit entries which will be judged and winners announced thereafter.

ENDS…

For more information, contact:

Corporate Communications Department

The Kenya Power & Lighting Company Limited

Tel. 3201622/39 or/43

E-mail communications@kenyapower.co.ke

Fallen tree damages power line in Westlands

11th January, 2017

 

Fallen tree damages power line in Westlands

 

A tree this afternoon fell on a power line in the Westlands area of Nairobi affecting power supply on Rhapta road, Riverside Drive and parts of Kileleshwa area.

 

General Manager for Network Management, Eng. Daniel Tare said technical teams are working to restore supply as quickly as possible.

 

Trees account for 60 per cent of power supply quality challenges facing Kenya Power. Last year, the company launched a project involving cutting of trees and vegetation along power lines to eliminate interference with the flow of energy. The project is still on.

 

ENDS…………………….

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Kenya Power Corporate Communications Dept.

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E-mail communications@kenyapower.co.ke

Fallen tree that damaged power line in Westlands affecting power supply on Rhapta road, Riverside Drive and parts of Kileleshwa area.

Fallen tree that damaged power line in Westlands affecting power supply on Rhapta road, Riverside Drive and parts of Kileleshwa area.

Fallen tree damages power line in Westlands

 

A tree this afternoon fell on a power line in the Westlands area of Nairobi affecting power supply on Rhapta road, Riverside Drive and parts of Kileleshwa area.

 

General Manager for Network Management, Eng. Daniel Tare said technical teams are working to restore supply as quickly as possible.

 

Trees account for 60 per cent of power supply quality challenges facing Kenya Power. Last year, the company launched a project involving cutting of trees and vegetation along power lines to eliminate interference with the flow of energy. The project is still on.

 

ENDS…………………….

For more information, contact:

Kenya Power Corporate Communications Dept.

Tel. 3201622/39or/47                                          

E-mail communications@kenyapower.co.ke

APPOINTMENT OF DR. KEN TARUS AS THE AG. MANAGING DIRECTOR & CEO

January 04th, 2017, Nairobi:

The Kenya Power Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Ken Tarus as the Acting Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Company with effect from today (4th January 2017).

This follows the exit of the current MD & CEO, Dr. Ben Chumo, at the end of his contract period on Friday this week (6th January 2017). Dr. Chumo has been the head of the Company since January 2014 in a period characterised by exponential growth in customer connections and implementation of network improvement projects among other major corporate milestones.

Dr. Tarus, 46, brings with him over 20 years’ corporate leadership and management experience, five of which are in the energy sector. Prior to his appointment, he was the Company’s General Manager in charge of Finance and a member of the executive management team for a period of two years.

Previously, Dr Tarus worked at the Rural Electrification Authority as head of Finance between 2012 and 2014 prior to which he was the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Finance, Planning and Administration at KCA University. He has held various leadership roles in the local banking sector as Head of Finance, IT and Administration at Bank of Africa, Financial Controller at Standard Chartered Bank and diverse positions at Kenya Commercial Bank.     

He holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Business Administration (Finance) from Kabarak University, an MBA from the University of Nairobi and a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the same institution. Dr. Tarus is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the Kenya Institute of Management.

Kenya Power Chairman, Hon. Kenneth Marende, said the Board of Directors is confident that business operations of the Company will continue to run smoothly under the interim leadership of Dr. Tarus pending a competitive sourcing for a substantive Managing Director.

“With full responsibility for the leadership and development of the Kenya Power’s electricity distribution business, Dr. Tarus will play a key role in entrenching the Company as a leader in electricity subsector by aggressively pursuing its business growth and diversification strategy,” Hon. Marende said.

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Kevin Sang
Ag. Manager, Corporate Communications
Tel: (254) 20 3201639/22/1752
Mobile : +254 722 114597
E-mail : ksang@kplc.co.ke
Stima Plaza, Parklands, Nairobi
P O Box 45955 - 00100 Nairobi
http://www.kplc.co.ke  

 

Prepaid meters, conductors recovered in operations to track down theft of power

Nairobi, December 7, 2016……. Thirteen prepaid and four postpaid meters were recovered at Tulienge, Namang’oflo, Machakha and Kibindoi areas within Bungoma County, in an operation carried out by Kenya Power security team.

During the raid which took place yesterday, 4,500 meters of aluminum conductors, 23 wooden poles and 500 meters of service line cables were also recovered.

Illegal lines have adversely affected reliability of power supply in the region, as they overload the network and often result in unscheduled outages.

In a similar operation carried out in Kiambu County, 2,400 meters of conductors and one pole were recovered after an illegal low voltage line at Tatu City was destroyed. Investigations to identify and apprehend those who were involved in construction of the line is ongoing.

Kenya Power is carrying out a countrywide exercise to weed out illegal power connections, deter theft of electricity distribution equipment and curb vandalism in order to improve the quality of supply to customers.

Elsewhere in Kericho, police officers have arrested Harun Kirui, Richard Langat and Vincent Mutai, all of Mocam Security Services guarding Kenya Power Kericho depot while they were ferrying conductors suspected to be stolen from the facility using a motorbike.

For more information, contact:

Kenya Power Corporate Communications Dept.

Tel. 3201622/30 or/47

E-mail communications@kenyapower.co.ke

Kenya Power switches to Kenyan meters and transformers to boost manufacturing.

Nairobi, November 17, 2016………Kenya Power spent Sh6.2 billion in purchase of locally manufactured goods in the first quarter of 2016/17 in line with the Buy Kenyan Build Kenya Initiative meant to promote the manufacturing sector.

The Company purchased pre-paid meters worth Sh4.7 billion in the year to June 30 from the local market. For the first time, Kenya Power has also budgeted to spend Sh424 million on locally assembled transformers during the current financial year.

Out of Kenya Power’s capital expenditure budget of Sh184 billion for the last four years, the Company spent Sh120 billion in purchase of locally manufactured electricity distribution equipment.

In July, Kenya Power published new procurement guidelines which stated that 80 per cent of all electricity distribution equipment will be sourced from the country, giving preference to local investors.

Industries account for more than 60 per cent of Kenya Power’s electricity sales revenue. Supporting the manufacturing sector will in turn boost the Company’s core business.

The new procurement guidelines have already attracted three international companies; Pan African Transformers, Yocean Group Limited and Continental Transformers, involved in manufacturing transformers to set up plants in the country, creating jobs for Kenyan citizens.

“Kenya Power has taken a deliberate step to prioritise purchase of equipment and materials from the local market to encourage manufacturers to set up plants in Kenya. The aim is to retain at least 80 per cent of the Company’s annual procurement budget, which stands at Sh54 billion, in the country,” said Kenya Power’s Managing Director & CEO Dr Ben Chumo.

Speaking at the Manufacturers Expo 2016 held at the KICC today, Dr Chumo also disclosed that Kenya Power is no longer importing wooden poles from international markets such as Chile and Brazil as was the case in the past.

“We have 54 Kenyan companies currently supplying us with both concrete and wooden poles, eliminating the need to import these materials. This has created about 540 direct jobs for Kenyans and several other indirect employment opportunities,” he said.

The electricity sector has grown tremendously in the period between 2013 and 2016, from an installed capacity of about 1,700 MW to the current 2,341MW.

The peak demand stands at 1,620 MW with a reserve margin of 33 per cent, above the international standard which is 30 per cent.

As such, there are deliberate efforts to create demand for the additional generation capacity, which calls for investment in the manufacturing sector.

Demand for locally manufactured electrical equipment is set to rise with the implementation of various projects by the government that are meant to increase the country’s access to electricity.

The Last Mile Connectivity Project (LMCP) is one of such undertakings that targets to achieve massive power connections to households at a subsidized rate of Sh15,000.

The first phase of the LMCP is under implementation, funded by the Government of Kenya and the African Development Bank (AfDB). It targets to connect 314,000 households.

Under the second phase of the LMCP that is funded by the World Bank to a tune of sh15 billion, the main undertaking will be to increase the number of transformers by 1,000.

The LMCP will open doors to manufacturers to supply poles, cables, meters and other assorted equipment.

 

For more information, contact:

Kenya Power Corporate Communications Dept.

Tel. 3201622/30 or/47

E-mail communications@kenyapower.co.ke

 

Twenty three arrested for illegal connections in a week

Nairobi, November 9, 2016…….A total of 23 people have been arrested in the last one week, largely for engaging in illegal electricity connection.

Kitui and Kikuyu areas recorded the highest number of arrests at 12 while Kisumu and Kakamega were second with seven arrests. Nairobi region recorded two arrests while there were single arrests in Central Kenya and North Rift regions during the period.

“We will continue carrying out a countrywide crackdown on all unauthorized power connections to clean up the network. Those who will be found culpable, including the beneficiaries, will face the full force of the law,” said Kenya Power’s acting manager for security services Major Geoffrey Kigen (Rtd).

He added that customers should make all payments for electricity connection at Kenya Power offices and report any suspicious activity to the nearest Company offices, police and provincial administration.

Illegal power connections often result in loss of funds to beneficiaries once the lines are identified and recovered, thus denying them electricity supply.

In addition, they undermine the quality of power supply as they overload the distribution network, resulting in outages. Illegal lines also pose danger of electrocution to beneficiaries as they are often not constructed as per the required standards.

Among those arrested is a Kenya Power employee attached to the Kitui office, who was nabbed constructing an illegal line at Kabati Township.

Kenya Power is currently implementing the Government-led Last Mile Connectivity Project, which seeks to connect customers at Sh15,000 for single phase meters, to accelerate the country’s rate of access to electricity to 100 per cent by 2020.

Major Kigen warned that criminals have taken advantage of the nationwide electrification project to con the public posing as Kenya Power staff.

He urged people seeking electricity connection to get information about the project from Kenya Power offices around the country to avoid being hoodwinked by fraudsters.

In the last three months, Kenya Power has arrested and prosecuted 113 suspects for various crimes including illegal connections and vandalism.

Some cases are ongoing, while others have been fined up to Sh5 million or a ten year jail term in default of the fine.

 

 

For more information, contact:

Kenya Power Corporate Communications Dept.

Tel. 3201622/30 or/47

E-mail communications@kenyapower.co.ke

 

Man fined Sh5 million for illegal power connection

Nairobi, October 25, 2016…….A  man has been fined Sh5 million by a Bungoma court for carrying out illegal electricity connection, boosting Kenya Power’s efforts to track down theft of electricity.

Geoffrey Kiberenge was arrested in Bungoma on October 19 and booked in Bungoma Police Station before appearing in court. He will serve a 10 year imprisonment in default of the fine.

Elsewhere in Coast, two suspects; Nathan Wasike and Paul Akuto Okech were arrested in Likoni yesterday for being in possession of KPLC labelled climbing irons. They were booked in at Likoni Police post and are expected to appear in Mombasa law courts.

In Ruaraka, Jacob Abade Anywaya was arrested for impersonating Kenya Power staff and engaging in unauthorized electricity connection exercise. The suspect has been linked to a number of unauthorized connections and retrofitting of meters in Roysambu, Githurai 44/45, Eastern Bypass and other areas within Ruiru. A fake staff ID card, KPLC branded twist seals, clamp meter and an inspection report booklet were recovered from the suspect.

In the last two weeks, 60 people have been arrested countrywide and charged in court for various offences, mostly illegal connections, following concerted efforts by Kenya Power security personnel to crack down illegal connections, unauthorized reconnections, vandalism and theft of electricity.

“Illegal connections undermine the reliability of power supply as they overload the distribution network and result in unplanned outages and may cause injury or death,” Kenya Power MD & CEO Dr. Ben Chumo said .

“In addition, victims of such exercises are exposed to unsafe electricity connections and suffer financial losses once the illegal lines are discovered and destroyed”.  

“We urge our customers to make all payments for electricity connection at the Company’s offices, request for reconnection after disconnection and report any suspicious activity to our nearest offices, to the police and provincial administration,” Dr Chumo said.  

 

For more information, contact:

Kenya Power Corporate Communications Dept.

Tel. 3201622/30 or/47

E-mail communications@kenyapower.co.ke